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Over the few short years that I’ve done freelance work, I’ve learned that our most valued commodity is time. I would like to ask for your thoughts on how to optimise my workflow and also offer some of the things that I’ve learned so far.

1) I have a template. If I’m doing the whole post sound for a film, I have a pre-designed template which has different tracks already named and plug-ins loaded up (basic EQ, reverb, etc). I used to lose so much time doing this for every project

2) I’ve created a large SFX/Foley library bank for myself and I’ve bought some from others. I’ve also invested in quite a few misc/random libraries, as they save me so much time. I do have props, but instead of spending a couple of minutes on each miscellaneous sound, trying to dig up the prop and then record it, it’s much easier to just search for the sound in my library

3) I design sound effects way before I ever need them. I designed my own laser gun sound way before I ever got to use it in a project, simply because I don’t always have the time to do it whilst working on a film. I find it easier to just search through what I’ve created and use that rather than create new sounds all the time, especially when there is a time/budgetary constraint (which is nearly all the time)

So, I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, and what you do to save time here and there.